General Engineer

Washington, D.C
Jun 22, 2019
Jun 30, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC); Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Superintendent, House Office Buildings (HOB); Facilities Support Division. The selectee will serve as a General Engineer, assisting the Assistant Superintendent, Facilities Support Division in the managing and administration of engineering projects in the HOB. Manages construction and renovation projects for HOB from planning to execution.

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The selectee will have non-competitive promotion potential to the GS-13.

Duties Include:


Serves as a Project Manager with responsibility for directing the development and managing the design and construction of a number of multi-million dollar new construction and renovation projects. Projects may include renovation, rehabilitation, alteration, and new construction of buildings and infrastructure systems.

Plans various complex project management functions with project teams and makes decisions affecting areas of responsibility that are precedent setting. Ensures proper resource allocation by a variety of agency and contractor organizations. Serves as a technical specialist and a key source of information for assigned areas of accountability. Collaborates with architects and engineers who are experts in related fields.

Provides professional engineering expertise in evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of operations and recommends improvements to management. This involves life-cycle project management expertise and coordination of the planning and programming stages through the conceptual design stage, the construction document stage, and the construction, equipment installation, commissioning, and post occupancy evaluation phase. Responsible for the development of studies and design documents as defined in the AOC Project Mangers Manual. Ensures state-of-the-art design of new construction and renovations, alterations or upgrades of existing facilities in accordance with established criteria, codes and design standards.

Prepares and updates schedules for project delivery efforts, implementing a system for review, control, and reporting. Coordinates schedules with all interested parties. Routinely reviews project schedules to ensure reasonable and timely implementation.


Provides technical design and management guidance to professional Architect/Engineers (A/E) firms. Ensures compatibility between functional space, technical requirements and budgeted project cost parameters. Provides consultation on applicable codes, standards and criteria.

As a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR), guides and evaluates contractor efforts and assesses technical progress in relation to the established schedule and resources. Reports progress and/or problems. Within the design and scope of the project, exercises technical authority to direct necessary changes and resolve controversial problems. Keeps the Contracting Officer informed on progress, proposed contract modifications, validity of claims, analysis of proposals, and assessment of contract time extensions.

Guides and evaluates contractor efforts in relation to the established schedule and resources allotted. Reviews plans, specifications, and cost estimates for technical adequacy. Directs necessary changes, resolves controversial problems, ensures conformance to plans and specifications, and furnishes other assistance as required where deficiencies are noted.

Observes construction activities at all stages to assist in identifying problems. Takes timely action to revise designs or recommend changes to the Construction Division, project managers and/or designers to solve problems caused by existing conditions, need for treatment of uncovered archeological artifacts, design errors/omissions, or other factors.


Provides guidance, technical advice, and consultation on project administration. Contributes to the resolution of technical difficulties that are amenable to changes in approach, criteria, or requirements. Conducts studies to develop criteria for situations encountered during field inspections.

Facilitates the resolution of project related issues and concerns that arise at the Jurisdiction Superintendent level. Provides leadership of the project scope, schedule, and budget concerns. Provides timely and accurate responses to Jurisdiction representatives' questions. Helps prioritize Jurisdiction's work.


Develops or reviews overall specifications and costs for construction projects. Reports progress or problems. Schedules and conducts internal team A/E meetings. Follows best practices procedures.

Must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all OSHA safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Provides or receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that all safety practices and equipment is fully utilized. Must ensure the use of any required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • You must meet the education requirement.



You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-12 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes experience:

(1) Managing engineering projects from the preliminary planning stage through the design and construction phases;

(2) Performing project management and monitoring for new construction, renovations and improvements to facilities;

(3) Providing technical engineering guidance; and

(4) Serving as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) or equivalent.



1. Degree in professional engineering: To be creditable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: -- statics, dynamics; -- strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); -- fluid mechanics, hydraulics; -- thermodynamics; -- electrical fields and circuits; -- nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and -- any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


2. Combination of education and experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished: (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: (a) current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico; (b) evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination or the written test required for professional registration; (c) successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences that are fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum; or (d) successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education :

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.

You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing if selected.

Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:

1) Technical knowledge of professional engineering concepts, principles, and practices of General, Civil, Mechanical, Chemical or Industrial disciplines.

2) Project Management - Knowledge of engineering design techniques, construction materials and methods, project management concepts and quality control.

3) Problem Solving - Skill in managing contractor oversight; i.e., evaluating plans, conditions and cost estimates for technical suitability.

4) Oral Communication

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or disqualification for further consideration.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit: a) your resume and b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant information. No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application.

Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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